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Robert Davies | Norris Ward McKinnon

Robert Davies


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Robert is an Associate in the firm's Commercial Disputes & Employment team, and advises clients on all aspects of employment and resource management law (including alcohol licensing), with a particular focus on contentious matters.

Short Biography

Robert has successfully appeared on behalf of clients before a number of courts and tribunals, including the High Court, and he is a confident and persuasive advocate. But he also believes that negotiation and mediation generally resolve disputes more efficiently, privately and cheaply that traditional litigation can.

Robert is a member of the Resource Management Law Association, and sits on the employment law committee of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Law Society. Robert is also an author for LexisNexis, a global provider of legal information to governments and professionals, in the field of alcohol licensing law.

Robert has acted for employers and employees, applicants, objectors, and appellants, local councils, public sector institutions, and large corporates, and his clients say they appreciate his calm demeanour and sound advice at what can be inherently stressful times. In his spare time, Robert volunteers at Community Law Waikato and lectures in employment law and alternative dispute resolution at The University of Waikato.

Examples of Robert’s experience include:

- Acting on behalf of applicants for, and objectors to, contentious alcohol licensing applications – both before district licensing committees and on appeal to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority and High Court;

- Advising some of the Waikato’s largest corporates and institutions during disciplinary and restructuring employment processes;

- Representing one of New Zealand’s most well-known not-for-profits, as well as a large publicly-listed entity, on resource management issues (including plan changes and designations);

- Defending individuals and organisations charged with offences against the Employment Relations Act, Resource Management Act, and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act;

- Representing and advising companies and individuals during regulatory investigations, including by the Labour Inspectorate and WorkSafe.